The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/26/2023

Media Bias Fact Check selects and publishes fact checks from around the world. We only utilize fact-checkers that are either a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) or have been verified as credible by MBFC. Further, we review each fact check for accuracy before publishing. We fact-check the fact-checkers and let you know their bias. When appropriate, we explain the rating and/or offer our own rating if we disagree with the fact-checker. (D. Van Zandt)

Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience/Other

Fact Checker bias rating Codes: Red = Right-Leaning, Green = Least Biased, Blue = Left-Leaning, Black = Unrated by MBFC

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Claim by Ron DeSantis (R): “We have in Florida, more Black-owned businesses than any state in the nation.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Florida had 15,149 Black-owned businesses, defined as a Black owner having at least a 51% equity share. California ranked second, with 13,729, and New York placed third, with 12,636. However, Florida isn’t first for Black-owned businesses as a percentage of all businesses in the state.)

Fact-checking Ron DeSantis’ 2024 presidential campaign kickoff on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk

Ron DeSantis Profile

Claim by the People’s Voice: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “It’s time to ban cash to fight climate change.”

AP News rating: False (There is no record of Clinton making that remark and the website making the attribution doesn’t provide any evidence for its claim. The Clinton Foundation confirmed she did not make that statement.)

No, Hillary Clinton didn’t call for banning cash to fight climate change

The People’s Voice Rating

Claim by Natural News: “A European study has found COVID vaccines could be causing ‘long-term brain damage.’”

PolitiFact rating: False (The study examined the possible effects on the brain from the coronavirus itself.)

Study on possible COVID-19 brain effects looked at virus, not vaccines

Natural News Rating

FALSE Claim via Social Media: purports illegal immigrants have unlimited text and internet on ICE-distributed smartphones

Check Your Fact rating: False (ICE will provide smartphones to illegal immigrants who do not already have one via its Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, according to its website. The device will only be capable of running the SmartLINK application for case management support and other communications.)

FACT CHECK: No, Illegal Immigrants Do Not Have Unlimited Text And Internet On ICE-Distributed Phones

FALSE Claim by President Joe Biden (D): Did Joe Biden Form ‘The Quad’?

Newsweek rating: False (Joe Biden did not form the Quad two years into his presidency. The group has existed since 2004, following a tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean. While the group held its first in-person summit in 2021, there is no evidence that Biden was responsible for the group’s formation.)

Fact Check: Did Joe Biden form the Quad?

Joe Biden Rating

FALSE (International: Australia): Demons use the pronouns they/them/we/us in various Bible verses.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The pronouns are only used in the plural sense when talking about multiple demons.)

Demons they/them claim is pronoun-ced rubbish

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